Downtown Delray Beach welcomes back its signature fall craft festival this weekend. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and just like every year, Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors is saying “yes” to spreading awareness about this terrible disease. Participating artists are creating amazing pieces inspired by the cause with proceeds going to cancer research and visitors are encouraged to join in and wear their favorite pink gear in support. [...]

With fall fast approaching, there is no doubt that folks will be flocking to their local art and craft festivals in search of seasonal treasures for their homes and their families. This Saturday and Sunday, residents of the beautiful town of Punta Gorda will have a chance to head to Sullivan Street for a weekend of the finest crafts, art pieces and much more at the 18th Annual Punta Gorda [...]

The highly anticipated Alexandria King Street Art Festival is returning to Alexandria, VA for its 13th year. This prestigious art festival in particular is one that has drawn national attention as being a top art festival in the United States. In fact just this month, it was just ranked number 24 by Sunshine Artist magazine, the nation’s leading publication for art and craft shows, for “2015 Sunshine Artist 200 Best.” Come [...]

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The HAE Colorado Summer Tour 2015 was amazing, and we owe it all to you. Thank you to the wonderful patrons who came and supported the incredibly talented artists who showcased their work, and the immensely welcoming folks at each of the locations where our tour made a stop. We look forward to seeing you again on many successful tours in the coming years. [...]

Here comes our last week of the Colorado Summer Tour 2015. Thanks to you, our shows in Aspen, Beaver Creek and Frisco have been amazing, with artists, patrons and their families making memories they will cherish forever. Whether you’ve been on this tour with us from the very beginning, or are just joining us for our last stop, we at Howard Alan Events are grateful for your support. We’re proud [...]

Since American Craft Endeavors is taking a little break from the craft festival circuit until September, when we will be at the Downtown Venice Craft Festival, we thought you might find it useful to use this time between shows to review your marketing strategy. Do you have all of the tools you need to market your craft business properly? Today’s vast online resources make it easier than ever to market [...]

Dunedin, Florida is a town of traditions, and its yearly events and festivals reflect that. From Scottish pride to Mardi Gras fun, Dunedin’s quaint and beautiful South Florida charm serves as an interesting and fun backdrop for all of the excitement that goes on year-round. This weekend, as we prepare for the 13th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, we share with you some of the Dunedin traditional events that take [...]

Family time is everything, especially during very special holidays, and craft festivals provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate that bond. Crafters, live entertainment, food, shopping and fun are all part of the agenda, but spending quality time together in a beautiful setting is really the ultimate goal. American Craft Endeavors is so proud to be able to bring you that. Father’s Day is this Sunday! Why not celebrate the dads [...]

What’s the most exciting thing about traveling for you? Whether it’s learning about the history of a new place or getting to know the residents of a particular town, travel is a great way of exploring, expanding, and re-igniting inspiration and creativity. That’s one of the reasons that Howard Alan Events loves to travel all over the U.S., bringing one-of-a-kind, original art by seasoned artists in a high-end, outdoor gallery-style [...]

It’s no secret that we love St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. We look forward to our craft festivals, like this weekend’s 14th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival, in that little corner of South Florida for many reasons. If you’ve been a loyal patron of our Sarasota craft festivals, you know what those reasons are. But what about those who have never been to our festivals? What can they expect [...]

Thank you for making last weekend’s Art in the Village Festival such a huge success! Next up: The 10th Anniversary of the Crocker Park Fine Art Fair with Craft Marketplace. As we move from celebrating 25 years of festivals at Legacy Village to commemorating 10 years of art at beautiful Crocker Park in the outskirts of Cleveland, we encourage you to take in the sights and sounds that surround this [...]

We can’t believe there are just a couple of weeks left of spring! Say hello to the first summer month of the year at the 22nd Annual St. Pete Beach Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday June 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach. Crafters from all over the U.S. come together for a weekend of great [...]

There are just a couple of weeks left until the official start of summer, which means June is finally here! There’s no better way to welcome this exciting month than by celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Art in the Village, fine art festival and craft marketplace, at Lyndhurst in Cleveland. Join us Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as we transform Legacy [...]

We are so happy to announce that this year, Howard Alan Events will be going to Shadyside in Pittsburgh not once but twice this summer. The Shadyside Art & Craft Festival on Walnut Street is one of our favorite shows of the year, so to be able to put on this art festival twice this year is a huge honor and an exciting opportunity! Of course, we don’t have to [...]

Sure, every day is Mother’s Day, but the second weekend in May is a time for us to remember our moms and give them an extra special “Thank You” for being so wonderful. This year, why not treat your mom to the gift of handcrafted, homemade goodies made with love from some of the best crafters in South Florida and beyond? The 12th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Fair is the [...]

They say it’s better to give than to receive and so this weekend we dare you to go to the 6th Annual The Villages Craft Festival at La Plaza Grande and buy nothing for yourself—only for others! It’s a daunting task and we’ll ask you to make no promises. But try. As you walk by the vendors, crafts men and women, and artists of various media … think about WHO [...]

With the debut of the Virginia Beach Downtown Art Fair, we are excited to share with you some tips that will help you make the most of this brand new art event in the area. Art festivals are fun and exciting ways to get to know new and established local and national artists, all in a relaxing and friendly outdoor atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to bring your family and friends, [...]

As crafters, we find ourselves experiencing what we like to call “crafter’s block”: You know you want to create, you’ve got your beads and your string ready to go…then nothing but creative crickets. What gives? A number of factors can interfere with our ability to be crafty, whether we’re doing home goods or pottery. Although this post focuses on the things you can do to shake the cobwebs and create [...]

As we approach the 3rd Annual Arlington Festival of the Arts in beautiful Arlington, Virginia, we at Howard Alan Events are thankful for those businesses and entities that help us make our festivals what they are. Sponsorship is important to us for so many reasons — it’s a mutually beneficial partnership that allows us to expose our patrons to unique products and services while giving businesses the access to a [...]

There are many signature shows that we look forward to at Howard Alan Events every year, especially during spring. This weekend, one of those shows is making its way to Sarasota once again. The 37th Annual Siesta Fiesta is one of our most exciting shows of the spring season and we’re excited to see everyone there!  This two-day outdoor juried art festival showcases some of the country’s best artists and [...]

In case you didn’t catch the news, U.S. Census data revealed last week that, for the second year in a row, The Villages is the fastest-growing metro area in the country (Source: Tampa Bay Times). This is good news for the merchants, business owners and residents of this Central Florida retirement hot spot, but it’s GREAT news for us here at American Craft Endeavors. Why? Because among the booming numbers, craft lovers from all over the country will be flocking to one of [...]

If you’re a crafter who regularly participates in professional craft shows like this weekend’s 2nd Annual Lakeland Craft Festival, chances are you already have a booth setup that you’re comfortable with. But are you getting the most out of it? Whether you’re a craft show newbie or a veteran, it’s important to remember that a great booth setup can greatly maximize your chances for selling success. You want to give [...]

We often refer to artwork that we perceive as a specific medium to be just that. For instance, pieces that seem like paintings are just paintings, works composed largely of clay can be pottery, etc. Yet much of the work we come across in the art world is actually considered “mixed media” – a combination of two or more mediums used to convey the artistic message. This weekend, we return [...]

Spring is just around the corner, and with it the color trends we love so much. From jewelry to clothing, keeping up with color trends helps you stay stylish, vibrant, and in season. This year, Pantone has announced its Spring Color Trends for 2015, and we’re really loving the bright but mellow vibe hitting this season. Whether you’re a crafter looking for some color inspiration or a craft lover in [...]

With its rich multicultural roots and vibrant ambiance, Miami is one of the most invigorating art cities in the world. It’s no wonder, then, that the 51st Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Art Festival, one of the oldest shows in our yearly schedule, is also one of this city’s most celebrated artistic traditions. With folks taking in spring vacations, it makes perfect sense for art lovers to take a few days [...]

So, you’ve been painting, building, creating in the privacy of your studio for some time, and you’re ready to take it to the next level. Congratulations, you’re about to become a working artist! Whether this weekend’s 2nd Annual Marco Island Festival of the Arts is your first step to achieving that goal, or you’re not quite ready to venture out into the world as an entrepreneur, making the decision to [...]

Are you a jewelry lover? If so, you know that every season is a new opportunity to find trends you love to go along with your favorite fashions. Still, there are some staples that are must-haves for every jewelry collector. Those staples will take you through the seasons and become irreplaceable, timeless pieces to be cherished for generations. Whether you are updating your jewelry box to include the essentials you’re [...]

What a wonderful feeling when a community of art lovers unites to bring creativity and imagination to the world. As producers of some of the best art festivals in the U.S., we get to experience that feeling often enough. But this weekend, as we attend not one, not two, but THREE art festivals throughout South Florida, we’re reminded of how important it is for art lovers to join together. According [...]

If a relaxing and soul inspiring weekend is what you’re seeking this Valentine’s Day weekend, make a short drive from the Tampa area to Dunedin, Florida, to enjoy the 23rd Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.   Crafters and artisans from all over America will be displaying their creative pieces in this quaint downtown, which was voted America’s “Most Walkable Small City” by the RunThePlanet.com survey. While strolling the serene Dunedin downtown [...]

The hot holiday this month is creeping up quickly — this weekend is the last shopping weekend before Valentine’s Day. You might not think that a craft show is the place to find manly gifts, but we beg to differ! At this weekend’s 21st Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival in Sarasota, Fl., you can find all kinds of cool, fun things to bring a smile to your honey’s face. Here [...]

Heads up! This weekend is the last weekend before Valentine’s Day! If you’re still in the market for something special for your sweetie, we have some fabulous ideas! First off, there isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t simply LOVE jewelry. Really, you can’t go wrong. At this weekend’s 9th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival, there will be plenty of jewelry options to consider. Here are just a few, in varying [...]

How are you liking 2015 so far? We certainly can’t complain! January has been jam-packed with excellent shows from both Howard Alan Events and our sister division, American Craft Endeavors. Thank you to our patrons, artists, crafters, sponsors, vendors and supporters all over Florida and the U.S. We pride ourselves in producing arts and crafts festivals that families will love, and it is because of the overwhelming support we receive [...]

When it comes to Florida’s most beautiful little towns, we can’t deny we have a soft spot in our hearts for Venice, Florida. A town of such rich and interesting history, we always look forward to being in Venice for fine craft fun. So yes, we are very excited about our stop there this weekend for the 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. This Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. [...]

Howard Alan Events’ two-festival extravaganza is happening this weekend, with the 28th Annual Boca Fest taking place in Boca Raton, and at the same time with the 18th Annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival happening across the way in the Gulf Coast town of Dunedin. This lovely town welcomes us many times throughout the year, and each time is as delightful as the last. Folks from both Florida coasts will have [...]

Can you believe it’s already December? We are approaching the end of the year and, with that, we usher in our holiday period here at American Craft Endeavors. That means our show season is slowing down for a couple of weeks, which means that this weekend’s 20th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival is your last chance for some one-of-a-kind, eclectic gift shopping before festivities are set to [...]

From our American Craft Endeavors family to yours, we hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving week and that you enjoy your time spent with loved ones this holiday. As we gear up for the cooking and cleaning frenzy that precedes and follows the most delicious meal of the year, we want to take this time to reflect on the things we are thankful for this holiday season. One of the [...]

Jacksonville art lovers, rejoice! It’s time again for one of the most popular art festivals in Florida. This year, we will continue in our new tradition for the 15th Annual San Marco Art Festival, happening this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the San Marco neighborhood. These past couple of weeks we’ve been reminding you to check out the art festivals [...]

November is finally here and we’re finally changing up our shorts and tanks in favor of slightly warmer, cozier clothes (only slightly, though — it is Florida, after all…). Put on your cozy sweaters and come greet November with Howard Alan Events at the 27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 & 2, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in beautiful West Venice Avenue. With [...]

Tampa is one of our favorite places in the country: From Bayshore to Tampa Bay, from the minarets on top of the Henry B. Plant museum to the historical buildings in Ybor City, Tampa’s laid-back ambiance makes it the ideal place for those who love the arts. That’s why we’re thrilled to be celebrating 25 wonderful years of unforgettable art festivals this weekend at the Hyde Park Village Art Fair. [...]

With its hundred-plus restaurants, dozens of cool shops and a wide variety of entertainment, Downtown Delray Beach has always been one of our favorite artsy spots to visit at American Craft Endeavors. We are so stoked to be heading to Florida’s very own ‘village by the sea’ for the 20th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival. Come and find out how this beachy town has kept its small town feel. [...]

The 5th Annual Villages Craft Festival is returning to beautiful Colony Plaza with all of the original, handcrafted goodness you love to find at an American Craft Endeavors show. Whether you are a crafter or just a craft enthusiast, there is something for everyone at every ACE craft festival, and The Villages Craft Festival at Colony Plaza will be no exception. Last year, we told you all about some little-known [...]

The whole family can enjoy some art and culture when the 17th Annual Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street returns to Shadyside this weekend. This delightful event, which started out as a humble street fair, has become the prevailing summer art event at Shadyside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s this Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and taking place along Walnut Street, between South [...]

In this digital age of instant communication, the amount of information constantly streaming into your world can leave you in a state of low level anxiety and it can occasionally leave you feeling overwhelmed. Constant stress has been scientifically linked to a weakened immune system, insufficient sleep and a higher susceptibility to illness. Well-accepted natural remedies for managing stress like meditation and exercise help provide an outlet, as well as [...]

Annmarie Siegel creates beautifully unique jewelry and wearable art from watch parts.  She is inspired by the shapes of these intricate pieces and recycles the parts successfully, creating recognizable objects such as fish, owls, and birds. Her mantra is “Living in the moment and not by your wristwatch.” As an extremely inquisitive child, Annmarie would take apart just about everything she could get her hands on: old tape recorders, appliances, [...]

Join us for an eclectic array of original art by 100 leading artists, live music and more as Market Street in Celebration Town Center will once again be transformed into an outdoor art gallery. The city’s annual signature spring art festival returns April 20 – 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. One hundred leading artists from around the country will have their finest work on display [...]

Larry and Linda Mayes are embarking on a new journey in their lives. They are working together to create “One-Of-A-Kind” wearable art from bamboo tiles. Each bamboo tile has been individually created by the artists. A miniature image of an original photograph by Linda (an award winning and nationally published photographer), painting, vintage print or collage adorns every pendant. The renewable bamboo tile provides a warm and unique piece of [...]